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Australia Day Award for Cheryl Massey of Brewarrina

Celebrating Australia Day at Brewarrina – Lily Shearer, Julia Lukas, Councillor Trish Frail, Mayor Vivian Slack Smith, Australia Day Award winner, Cheryl Massey, Australia Day Ambassador and Bre’s Sportsperson of the Year Ronald Simpson, Councillor Angelo Pippos, Bre Shire Council GM David Kirby and David Caswell. Photo George Williams

A planned Australia Day Eve cricket matchup at Bre’s Geoff New Oval was scuttled last Thursday due to extreme heat.

Rather than chasing a leather ball around the oval in 40-degree heat, the fun lovers headed to the town pool for fun and games in the water.

The Australia Day ceremony on Friday was held in the air-conditioned comfort of the Brewarrina Visitor Information Centre, and hosted by Brewarrina’s Australia Day Ambassador and hometown hero, jockey Ronald Simpson.

According to Brewarrina Shire Mayor, Councillor Vivian Slack-Smith, “Ronnie was very happy to be back on the river and gave a little talk about how he got to be where he is now.”

Cr Slack-Smith said Ronnie’s achievements were amazing.

“It’s so heartwarming to see someone from our area, racing with the big boys,” she said.

With Ronnie’s upbringing in Brewarrina and chalking-up nearly 100 race victories, Ronald was also recognized as Brewarrina’s Sportsperson of the Year.

According to Cr Slack-Smith, “All the nominations for that award were for Ronnie, and rightly so.” […]

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